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NYT – She Made Glimmerglass a True Festival. Now She’s Moving On.

NYT – She Made Glimmerglass a True Festival. Now She’s Moving On.

During Francesca Zambello’s 12 years as the festival’s leader, she did what she set out to do: took on “complex issues through storytelling and music making.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/arts/music/francesca-zambello-glimmerglass.html
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WSJ – Glimmerglass Review: Francesca Zambello’s Curtain Call

WSJ – Glimmerglass Review: Francesca Zambello’s Curtain Call

In her final season as artistic director, she presents a comedic Rossini pastiche, ‘The Sound of Music,’ ‘Carmen’ and a thematically linked double bill of ‘Taking Up Serpents’ and world premiere ‘Holy Ground’

https://www.wsj.com/articles/glimmerglass-festival-review-francesca-zambello-tenor-overboard-ken-ludwig-joseph-colaneri-kelley-rourke-rossini-the-sound-of-music-rodgers-and-hammerstein-james-lowe-taking-up-serpents-kamala-sankaram-jerre-dye-holy-ground-damien-geter-lila-palmer-lidiya-yankovskaya-carmen-bizet-11660684339
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Classical Notes: Glimmerglass director Zambello talks past, future on her exit

Classical Notes: Glimmerglass director Zambello talks past, future on her exit

“We create shows so people can talk about them and talk about the ideas, whether they’re serious or you put it down to entertainment.”

https://www.timesunion.com/music/article/Classical-Notes-Director-of-the-Glimmerglass-17359728.php
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NYT – Lend Me a Jukebox Opera. Yuks and Tenor Required.

NYT – Lend Me a Jukebox Opera. Yuks and Tenor Required.

“Let’s do a Rossini comedy that doesn’t exist yet,” the head of the Glimmerglass Festival [Francesca Zambello] said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/07/17/arts/music/tenor-overboard-glimmerglass-rossini.html
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Zambello’s New Staging at LA Opera: ‘As Good as Aida Gets.’

Zambello’s New Staging at LA Opera: ‘As Good as Aida Gets.’

Zambello's New Staging at LA Opera: 'As Good as Aida Gets.'

https://www.musicalamerica.com/firewall.cfm?request=newsnewsstorycfmarchived0storyID50440categoryID4&en=0
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Beethoven in Virtual Reality

Beethoven in Virtual Reality

Beethoven in Virtual Reality

https://www.kennedy-center.org/wno/home/fidelio-vr/
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Washington National Opera’s ‘Carmen’ marks grand return to Kennedy Center Opera House

Washington National Opera’s ‘Carmen’ marks grand return to Kennedy Center Opera House

“This is our return to grand opera in the Opera House,” Artistic Director Francesca Zambello told WTOP.

https://wtop.com/entertainment/2022/05/washington-national-operas-carmen-marks-grand-return-to-kennedy-center-opera-house/
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A late-spring harvest of classical concerts; or, 10 preludes to summer

A late-spring harvest of classical concerts; or, 10 preludes to summer

With “Carmen,” the Washington National Opera celebrates a proper return to Francesca Zambello-helmed grand opera at the Kennedy Center.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/arts-entertainment/2022/05/06/classical-music-concerts-dc-may-june-2022/
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GGF honors Francesca at 2022 Gala

GGF honors Francesca at 2022 Gala

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Glimmerglass Festival 2022

Glimmerglass Festival 2022

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LA Opera Presents AIDA Next Month

LA Opera Presents AIDA Next Month

"Stage director Francesca Zambello conjures a gorgeous world where hieroglyphics by the L.A.-based artist RETNA create a striking backdrop to the timeless story."

https://www.broadwayworld.com/los-angeles/article/LA-Opera-Presents-AIDA-Next-Month-20220426
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Speranza Scappucci: “I’ll tell you about the joy of music”

Speranza Scappucci: “I’ll tell you about the joy of music”

"The department director who hired me for Yale was a woman, as was Francesca Zambello, the artistic director of the Washington opera who, in 2015, offered me my debut with Rossini's Cenerentola."

https://www.iodonna.it/spettacoli/musica/2022/04/17/speranza-scappucci-vi-racconto-il-bello-della-musica/
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Items to be Auctioned Off in Support of the Washington National Opera

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Items to be Auctioned Off in Support of the Washington National Opera

After her passing, a leading opera director, Francesca Zambello, said "She was our greatest advocate and our greatest spokesperson. She carried this art form."

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a39715759/ruth-bader-ginsburg-auction-washington-national-opera/
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The 10 Best Operas of All Time

The 10 Best Operas of All Time

"San Francisco Opera would never rank operas from best to worst—but today, we’re going rogue! "

https://www.sfopera.com/discover-opera/intro-to-opera/the-10-best-operas-of-all-time/
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Review: Cosí fan tutte at Washington National Opera

Review: Cosí fan tutte at Washington National Opera

March 15, 2022 by Rachael F. Goldberg, Broadway World "But between Mozart and Librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte's surprisingly balanced story (the men are just as easily manipulated as the women,…

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Review: Dialogues of the Carmelites at Houston Grand Opera

Review: Dialogues of the Carmelites at Houston Grand Opera

January 16, 2022 by Steven Brown, Texas Classical Review "Zambello’s staging brought out not only the natures of the individual characters—from Madam de Croissy’s dignity and Madame Lidoine’s warmth to…

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Review: Florencia en el Amazonas at Lyric Opera of Chicago

Review: Florencia en el Amazonas at Lyric Opera of Chicago

November 15, 2021 by Aaron Hunt, Newcity Stage “Director Francesca Zambello’s original production, with some new polish added by the original design crew for this very short Chicago run of…

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Glimmerglass Festival Unveils Its Leader’s Final Season

Glimmerglass Festival Unveils Its Leader’s Final Season

Glimmerglass Festival Unveils Its Leader’s Final Season

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/15/arts/music/francesca-zambello-glimmerglass-festival.html
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Review: The Magic Flute at The Glimmerglass Festival

Review: The Magic Flute at The Glimmerglass Festival

August 18, 2021 by Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal “Francesca Zambello, the general and artistic director of the Glimmerglass Festival, knows how to improvise. With Covid-19 restrictions on live…

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Review: Trovatore at The Glimmerglass Festival

Review: Trovatore at The Glimmerglass Festival

August 17, 2021 by Cameron Kelsall, Bachtrack “The production, co-directed by Francesca Zambello and Eric Sean Fogel, makes strong use of the wood-paneled unit set that is the baseline for…

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